Makar scores 2 to help Avalanche beat Blue Jackets 4-2

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) eyes the puck hit off the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) as Colorado Av...

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) eyes the puck hit off the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) as Colorado Av...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) skates past the goal after scoring his second goal of the game against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender J...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) skates past the goal after scoring his second goal of the game against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender J...

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) moves the puck past Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) during the third period of an N...

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) moves the puck past Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) during the third period of an N...

Colorado Avalanche left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare lies on the ice after being hit by Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno during the secon...

Colorado Avalanche left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare lies on the ice after being hit by Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno during the secon...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole (28) talks with goal tender Pavel Francouz (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colum...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole (28) talks with goal tender Pavel Francouz (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colum...

Colorado Avalanche center T.J. Tynan (36) moves the puck between Columbus Blue Jackets center Emil Bemstrom (52) and Scott Harrington (4) during the s...

Colorado Avalanche center T.J. Tynan (36) moves the puck between Columbus Blue Jackets center Emil Bemstrom (52) and Scott Harrington (4) during the s...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) shoots a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday,...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) shoots a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday,...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio (44) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Sonny Milano (22) chase the puck during the first period of an NH...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio (44) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Sonny Milano (22) chase the puck during the first period of an NH...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) knocks over Columbus Blue Jackets center Gustav Nyquist (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey gam...

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) knocks over Columbus Blue Jackets center Gustav Nyquist (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey gam...

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) is scored on by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski during the first period of an NHL hoc...

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) is scored on by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski during the first period of an NHL hoc...

DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar had two goals and Pavel Francouz stopped 39 shots to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Nazem Kadri had a goal and an assist, Samuel Girard also scored and Tyson Jost had two assists for Colorado, which has won two in a row despite losing another player to injury.

Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare left the game late in the second period when he was elbowed in the head by Columbus' Nick Foligno. The Avalanche were already without forwards Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson as well as defenseman Nikita Zadorov and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Emil Bemstrom and Zach Werenski scored and Joonas Korpisalo had 32 saves for Columbus.

The Avalanche trailed by a goal when Makar tied it with his third at 10:52 of the second when he beat Korpisalo over the goaltender's left shoulder. He gave Colorado the lead later in the period when he scored on a centering pass from Jost with 3:49 left.

A minute later Foligno left his skates to hit Bellemare near center ice, and Bellemare fell and hit his head on the ice. He was helped off and went to the locker room.

Foligno was given a charging major and a game misconduct.

Columbus pushed for the equalizer but Kadri's goal with 2:06 left in the third sealed Colorado's win.

The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Bemstrom and Werenski, the latter coming with less than a minute left before intermission. Girard had tied it four minutes earlier with his first goal of the season.

NOTES: Zadorov had surgery Friday to repair his broken jaw suffered in Thursday's win over Nashville. He is considered week-to-week. ... Columbus D Markus Nutivaara sat out his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Colorado recalled C Jayson Megna from the Eagles of the AHL. He was a healthy scratch Saturday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: At Montreal on Tuesday night to wrap up a three-game road trip.

Avalanche: At Winnipeg on Tuesday night to start a five-game road trip.

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